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If you read my review on the Facial Hair Threading tool, and you took one look at this needle-filled roller, you might think I've switched from skincare to S&M! Trust me, I'm not into pain. But I am into niche skincare tools and products!
If you're not familiar with Derma Rolling, the idea is to be a physical, at-home version of the fractional laser used for resurfacing skin. Puncturing little holes in the skin is supposed to do two things: create little wounds that allow deeper penetration of skincare products, and encourage collagen creation.
Petunia Skincare Derma Roller has a rolling head with 540 needles that are made from medical-grade stainless steel, and are 1.5 mm long. From what I've been reading, this is important for three reasons:
1) the more needles, the less pain.
2) stainless steel is the best material for these needles, used by doctors, acupuncturists, and tattoo artists.
3) needle length matters. Anything less than 0.5 mm and you're not going deep enough to stimulate collagen production. Anything 2.0mm or greater, and you'll want a doctor's supervision and numbing cream.
You also want to avoid areas that are already irritated by things like rosacea, or areas with bacterial infections, like active acne. Because you're punching holes in the skin, it's important to keep the roller needles and the area clean so that you're not just spreading bacteria everywhere, and under the skin.
I tried this roller dry on my face, and I found the same thing to be true. Having an oil or favorite serum on the skin first lubricates the needles. After rolling, my skin was a little reddened and tender for maybe 30 minutes. It's recommended to do this at night, and not wear makeup after rolling the skin. There is some controversy about what serum or lotion to apply with derma rolling, as you are increasing the depth of penetration of it. Some ingredients work better on top of the skin, and some ingredients, like parabens, are probably not something you want below the skin surface.
For more information, or to purchase the Petunia Derma Roller, you can find them on Amazon, where this roller is currently retailing for $18.77. They offer a 90-day money-back guarantee if you're not satisfied.